|▲ It's not me whom you used to know! return of ‘Grease’, rediscovery of Number + Jung Se-woon (Photo=OD Company)|
[Zenith News=Jieun Oh] The pure and passionate, energetic rebellious ones have returned. The familiar number, the story of the energetic youth, the musical ‘Grease’ made a splendid comeback with the title 'ALL NEW.’
‘Grease’ is a musical about the rock-and-roll culture that was popular among young Americans in the 1950s who advocated new freedom and deals with young people's dreams, passions and love. Since its Korean premiere in 2003, it has held more than 2,500 performances in 26 productions for the last 16 years, establishing itself as Korea's top-notch steady-seller work.
# 'This charm?' Jung Se-woon's first try, and rediscovery
|▲ 'This charm?' Jung Se-woon's first try, and rediscovery (Photo=OD Company)|
‘Grease’ has been a steady favorite since its premiere in South Korea in 2003. In addition, top stars in various fields such as Lee Sun-kyun, Eom Ki-jun, Kang Ji-hwan, Jo Jung-seok, Cho Yeo-Jung, Han Ji-sang, Kim Moo-yeol, Ji Hyun-woo and Joo Won went through 'Greece’. And now, singer Jung Se-woon continues the fame.
In the play, Jung Se-woon plays Danny of the T-bird, the biggest problem at Rydell High School. Danny is a rebel who with hangs out with four friends; Kenny, Doody, Roger and Sonny, alienated himself from studying and find coolness very important. He always causes trouble, but in fact, Danny is a pure man who has purity and only looks at the woman he loves.
Jung Se-woon, who play as Danny, appears in a pair of skinny jeans that makes his legs long with a perfectly combed hair and a black rider. In particular, Jung Se-woon boasts of a synchro ratio with the character better than expected, which makes the audience fall into Danny's charm.
'Grease' is Jung Se-woon's musical debut. News of his joining was first reported in January. Since it was his first musical challenge and the lead role, the burden must have been doubled. That's why Jung Se-woon's positive performance is amazing.
Jung Se-woon expressed Danny with his outstanding singing ability and hidden talent that he had never revealed before. On stage, Jung Se-woon danced, sang and exploded his energy. Jung Se-woon was a charm that had never been seen before, and he perfectly played 'Jung-Danny' with a 100 percent synchro rate.
# LED background changes from time to time with the words 'sometimes to school, sometimes to a concert hall'
|▲ 'Sometimes to school, sometimes to a concert hall' LED background that changes from time to time (Photo=OD Company)|
One of the other attractions of 'Grease' is the LED screen that surrounds the stage. The LED background, consisting of five screens, shows real-life backgrounds at times depending on the story, and sometimes animated images, visualizing the stories and imaginary worlds of teenagers.
The appeal of the LED screen explodes on 'Greased Lightning', one of the most popular numbers. After a video of Kenickie transforming his hard-earned old car into the sleek open car 'Grease Lightning' while working part-time during vacation, the thrill of featuring 'Grease Lightning' on the actual stage is beyond description.
The thrill of not knowing what kind of device will come out over the screen, from LED backgrounds to colorful stage devices, drives the audience into excitement. The LEDs, which change nonstop in response to the actors' performances are sufficient attractive points to lead the audience into ‘Grease World.’
# I've heard of it somewhere before? The performances of numbers in new clothes
|▲ ' I've heard of it somewhere before? The performances of numbers in new clothes (Photo=OD Company)|
Even those who don't know 'Grease' may have heard of 'Summer Nights' once. The familiar and well-known performances of 'You're The One That I Want', 'Grease Lightning' and 'Freddy My Love' make the audience cheer.
One of the other attractions of this 'Grease' is the number with new clothes. In line with the ALL NEW concept, the number of this 'Grease' has been renewed to the 2019 version. The lyrics were reborn as secret words or a words that fit Korean sentiment, and the choreography and atmosphere also changed into a new feeling.
In addition, the dynamic choreography unique to 'Grease' captivates the audience at once. Actors wielded the stage so much that they were described as ‘flying’and made the audience excited. In particular, popular radio DJ Vins teaches the audience simple dance moves and allows them to enjoy it together.
|▲ 'I heard of it? Somewhere?’ The feast of numbers? Wearing? New? Clothes? (Photo=OD Company)|
This 'Grease' doesn't lose excitement from beginning to end. Every number and dynamic choreography leads the audience into the charm of 'Grease' and during the 10-minute curtain call, all of them stand up and breathe with the actors.
At this time, the audience, including those performing the dance that DJ Vins taught them, those who sing along to the number with loud voices, and those who constantly applaud, enjoy 'Grease' in their own way.
Famous numbers of 'Grease' filling the 160 minutes, hover in their ears until the moment they leave the concert hall. Of course, if fans expect the existing 'Grease', they might be disappointed with the changed number, composition and choreography. However, you can find the fun of comparing the 2019 version of numbers to the original song, and the new melody is expected to give you its own charm, if you're looking for a musical that's going to blow this summer's heat, it's definitely 'Grease’. It will become a choice without regret.
Meanwhile, 'Grease' will be performed at the D Cube Arts Center until the 11th of August.
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